Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Old Post Office garden at Tintagel

National-Trust-Old-Postoffice-TintagelThe best gardens are those that you weren't expecting, those suddenly seen through secret doorways and in hidden parts of cities or quiet corners of villages. Pleasant snippets of lush green that catch your eye and lead you to push the gate open or sneak a peak over a wall.  We had been to Tintagel Castle and been half petrified by the sheer steps that you scale, which with two dogs and a child was pretty hair raising. Needless to say, back in the village of Tintagel we were looking for something less stressful. There stood the  Old Post Office which as a building was a gem. But then the doorway gave a glimpse of  a luscious garden on the other side. Under a wonky wavy slate roof I stepped and through a quaint passageway to a pretty cottage garden.Tintagel-post-office-garden
red tulips Tulips in terracotta pots and borders full of new green growth,a gentle breeze and a warm soft sun. Perfect. Small pathways that twisted and turned to new views across the garden and the fields beyond. Cornish-country-garden red-and-white-tulips
A beautiful 600 year old Cornish longhouse, note the two large buttresses that help support the weight of the slate roof. Now owned by the National Trust who have done as always, a wonderful job in keeping such an immaculate property and tending to such a charming back garden.Tintagel-little-post-office row of pots Surely these could be Elsa's tulips as they remind me of rime frost edges on a cold morning. I want some of these for next spring.  white Fringe-tulips The waves of the slate roof are caused by subsidence apparently. Very fairytale looking like Snow White might live here and potter about under the apple blossoms getting sparrows and robins to help peg the washing out.wavy-slate-roof blossom A pile of bones nestled by the compost bins was slightly peculiar. bones rosemary In many ways this is my idea of a perfect garden with different areas to stop for a while in, a hidden pathway verging into countryside at the back and stone walls, especially the one that provides a symmetrical entrance to the garden with the tulip pots on either side, My childhood garden was like this so from the depths of my memories, this garden felt very comforting. post-office-garden--Tintagel ferns Fantastic dry stone walls with ferns and forget-me-nots at the edges.  How green are all the trees now!?  I noticed it more when I got back home. Suddenly the hedgerows are all verdant and trees becoming leafy - pure lime green everywhere especially after all the rain showers we have had. Cornish-dry-stone-wall This tulip reminds me of a raspberry ripple, I'd also like to get hold of some of these bulbs for my own garden. Need to make a little garden shopping list.raspberry ripple tulip Now I am back home from our holiday, I'm thinking about the Chelsea Flower Show in May, wish I were going but will still be exciting to watch on the tele and get some inspiration for my own patch. Are any of you lucky enough to be going this year? garden-of-Tintagel-Old-Post-office
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Kriss MacDonald said...

I so agree with you that cottage gardens like this are really perfection. The house and garden do look like they're the setting for a fairy tale. I loved your description and photos.

Anca said...

Looks wonderful, I love it x

Gemma Garner said...

Such a pretty garden and I love the herringbone pattern in that dry stone wall. The bones are a little creepy, I wonder where they came from!

Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault said...

Gorgeous ...

Katie Bedlow said...

Looks absolutely beautiful, I love stumbling across these accidental secret gardens too - love the dry stone wall feature, and what a splash of colour with all those blooms too! Looks a lovely place to sit and enjoy, I love this time of year!

Katie x

Mammasaurus said...

I don't know what I love more - the building or the garden! The roof looks very much straight from a fairy tale, I love the dips in it. That is just my sort of garden, understated but beautiful, the type of garden that just make you feel at ease the second you walk into it.
Love those frilly white tulips and the big terracotta pots - and how have I not noticed before how curled up ferns look like octopus tentacles?!
Lovely lovely LOVELY, thank you for sharing and joining in again x

Stephanie Robinson said...

It's a lovely little garden isn't it and like you say quite unexpected. Those bones are slightly peculiar though, when we visited last September there was a horse in the back field too (ps those last two comments aren't related :) ) #hdygg

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